532 Hill Rd. Ct.
Marshall, MI 49068
To whom it may concern:
Thank you for reviewing this letter and my accompanying resume. I have recently finished my student teaching experience in a fourth-grade classroom at Hughes Elementary in Marshall, MI and have received my provisional teaching certificate through the state of Michigan. I believe that my work both in the classroom and in the field of children’s and adolescents’ mental health has provided me with the skills and experiences to be a passionate and effective teacher.
Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with students in a variety of classrooms while completing my studies. Each of the field placements for the required course of study in the Albion College education program has allowed me to practice the skills necessary for good instruction. While each placement involved an observation component, these placements allowed me to develop an understanding of the interrelated nature of human development and pedagogy. My work in the classroom has consisted of a child/youth study, preparing lessons according the Michigan Curriculum Framework, assessing student learning through a variety of methods, incorporating technology into learning experiences, and teaching lessons in several different subjects with varying ages. For the duration of my student teaching experience, I was able to combine all these skills and processes so as to teach all subjects to a class of 21 students for more than for weeks.
In addition to my teaching experience, I also have several years of experience working with children and adolescents in various mental health settings. Most recently, I was employed by Montcalm School at Starr Commonwealth in Albion, MI. At the Montcalm School, I worked with male high school students, many of whom were diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, in a residential treatment facility. Before this, I worked with severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in an alternative school, and in an after-school program, in Ohio. While this work encompassed several different professional aspects, my primary responsibility was teaching lessons which addressed the treatment objectives of these young people: coping skills, feeling identification/expression, anger management, conflict resolution, problem-solving, etc.
These experiences instilled in me the belief that all young people have strengths and abilities no matter their particular situations. I look forward to using my experiences and skills to help young learners succeed, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about these positions. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jonathan J. Nycz